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Have a Sew-Sew Holiday!

Burlington Electric Quilters wishes you the best and most joyous holiday season.  

Our Holiday Hours:

  • Dec. 24-26 – Closed
  • Dec. 27 – 29: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Dec. 31: 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Jan. 1-2: Closed
  • Jan. 3-5: 9 AM to 5 PM

Our Thursday hours are changing to 9 AM to 5 PM.  If you need a late-afternoon or evening appointment, give us a call for special arrangements.

 

 

 

Black Thread

One of our customers had problems using King Tut black thread this week.  The thread broke more than King Tut threads of other colors, and since she was doing a large quilt, we ended up frustrated before we finished.

I have since done some research on black thread and want to share what I learned.  In general, it seems like black thread is more over-dyed than other colors, in order to get the black color.  This applies not only to quilting threads, but other black threads, such as embroidery threads, as well.  Cotton threads tend to be more fragile than other colors because of the amount of dye used.

There are a few ways to deal with breakage of black thread.  Some quilters suggested putting the thread cone in a plastic bag and storing it in the freezer for several days.  This won’t solve problems in the moment, but if you plan to use black thread, let me know a few days before your appointment, and I’ll try this.

Other suggestions include liberal use of Sewer’s Aid and a larger than normal needle, storing the thread in the original wrap to keep the moisture content in, slowing the stitching down, and loosening the quilt sandwich.  And if you want to use black thread without the risk of breakage, I also stock Superior Thread‘s OMNI thread – a poly-wrapped poly core thread.

Our Statler patterns are now online!

To see all available Statler patterns, click on the menu item “Statler Pattern Catalog”.  Each of the links on that page bring up approximately 100 patterns that are available.  Pattern designations are as follows:

  • e2e
    • edge to edge patterns.  This includes patterns that are nested when set up.
  • b2b
    • border to border – patterns that can fit inside a border.  Contains no nested patterns.
  • blocks
    • patterns or motifs that can fill a block. Includes squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, etc.
  • border/corner
    • these patterns can be used to quilt a border separate from the interior of the quilt. Most of the border patterns also include a corner pattern that can be used with the border.
  • sashing
    • similar to borders/corners, but smaller and less complex.
  • posts
    • similar to blocks, but smaller and less complex.

January’s AccuQuilt Project

This month we are featuring the Wonky Heart GO! die on our AccuQuilt Studio 2 cutter.  Bring a Layer Cake or 35 10″ x 10″ squares and cut the pieces out using the Wonky Heart die.  Swap out the centers and sew the pieces together to make the blocks; add sashing and a couple of borders and you are done!

Here’s the quilt I made for new baby Anne Elizabeth.  Love the soft colors of orange and aqua in the Layer Cake, Lullaby, by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. I got mine from amazon.

 

This lovely collection of fat quarter batiks came from equilter.com. The combination of lights and darks makes it perfect for the Wonky Hearts quilt.

Sign up for an hour on the AccuQuilt cutter for $10, and add an extra $5 if you want supervision in sewing one block together.  We’ll get back to you with a date and time.

 

May Flower Power!

Flowers

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? $10 off if your quilt contains flowers or if you choose a flower pattern. Applies to both studio reservation blocks and quilt drop-offs. Valid May 1-31.

 

 


birthday cake
Birthday Contest: Email us your first and last name and the day and month of your birthday to be entered in the contest. We will choose five random days, and the person with the closest birthday to each selected day will get to select an Anne Bright pattern for the Statler. We will also be periodically offering other birthday-related specials, so make sure to reply today! Contest entries close May 15.